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Over the course of the previous two seasons, the Washington Capitals established themselves as one of the better shot-blocking teams in the NHL. However, the trend has disappeared so far this season.
Here is a table showing the Capitals' shot-blocking statistics for the previous two seasons as well as this season, listed in chronological order:
Shot-blocking is a valuable team skill that can have a domino effect on a team's defense. If the Caps cannot resume their strong shot-blocking, this team will suffer in other areas.